Protecting an Asset, Collaborating with Communities
The 317-mile North Carolina Railroad Corridor is unlike any other infrastructure asset in the state. With 634 miles of neighbors on each side, the corridor runs through four of the state’s largest cities, thriving downtown areas, rural communities and growing industrial areas. It’s a key route for freight and passenger rail service, connecting to two Class I freight rail networks, short lines, multiple passenger lines, and the entire east coast rail network.
Many of North Carolina’s large cities and small towns were formed as a result of the railroad running through that part of the state, bringing jobs to the area. Nearly 170 years later, the population growth and urban development many North Carolina communities are experiencing often puts pressure on the railroad corridor. Through our Real Estate and Corridor Management Departments, we collaborate with the 40 municipalities that the track touches, ensuring that they can plan for growth, while preserving the 200-foot-wide freight rail corridor boundaries to accommodate increased rail capacity needs.
The North Carolina Railroad: Collaborating with Communities and Spurring Economic Growth
In 1989, NCRR merged w/ Atlantic & North Carolina Railroad. Chartered in 1854, the A&NCRR, linked Shepard’s Point (Morehead City) with the NCRR terminus in Goldsboro. The merger consolidated the two railroads into the 317-mile NCRR corridor. Photo: A&NCRR locomotive engine 103.
North Carolina is home to 3,000 miles of railroad. Check out our interactive map that shows the NCRR corridor, and other Class I and regional freight routes, as well as passenger routes. https://t.co/5nUsixu1tj
The RR bridge over Gregson St. in Durham, often referred to as, "11-foot-8" and "Can Opener" bridge is now eight inches taller. NCRR invested $500,000 to raise the bridge to 12'4", providing additional clearance for vehicles. Learn more, https://t.co/U79UcMPm3X
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